Originally Posted by nigel1
Just a thought, having never tried this, but I think a riding sail on the boom will be a lot less effective than a riding sail hanked on to a backstay.
The back stay gets the sail as far aft as possible.
I concur the backstay would be preferable and that this would place the sail as far aft as possible. However with the bimini
in the way it's extremely difficult to reach the backstay in order to hank anything on, then there is the complication of rigging
the "downhaul" and having to disconnect the topping lift
from the boom to hoist the sail up the backstay.
So in the eternal search for the simple life this is why I wondered about just hoisting from the back of the boom as I have to kick it out to the side to access the topping lift
anyway and it's easier to rig. If I were to rig the sail forward to a midships cleat on the same side it would only be about 75cm further forward than off the backstay. It would also remove the problem of sail/bimini interactions.
Of course I could "make" my sail with hank on clips so that both options were possible.
And I will look into a bridle
set up but not sure how it would work with my Shockles Anchor
Snubber and my very forward bow cleats
Cheers to all